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Applicants for Pre-Clinical Medicine Courses for Entry to the course from Michaelmas 2024

Undergraduate students on the medicine course will follow a programme that, if successfully completed, will lead them to an automatic right to practise medicine. Pre-clinical medicine students at the University of Cambridge have contact with patients in the community from the first weeks of the course and are entered on the Medical Students Register from day one. The University and Colleges jointly have a responsibility to ensure that any matters that could bear on a student's suitability or fitness to practise, or to deal with patients and colleagues, are handled properly. Before admission, all medical students are therefore required to undergo, through the DBS, a Disclosure of any criminal record.

If you firmly accept a conditional or unconditional offer of a place on a pre-clinical medicine course, you will be sent an email by the Student Registry to advise you of: 

  •  the online application process, payment options, and what needs to happen once we receive notification that you have received your DBS certificate.
  •  links to University and DBS guidance for the application process
  • ID documents information sheet.

A condition of your offer of a place at the University of Cambridge is subject to receipt of an Enhanced DBS check and subscription to the DBS Update Service. All conditions of your offer should be met by 31 August. The current fee for seeking an Enhanced Disclosure is £55.40, and subscribing to the Update Service is £13 per annum.


Applicants that have lived outside of the UK for 6 months or more in the last 5 years will still need to complete a satisfactory enhanced DBS check but will also have to provide relevant overseas checks to cover these periods of time and complete a self-declaration form. 

Applicants who have not lived in the UK at all in the last 5 years will have to provide relevant overseas checks to cover these periods of time and complete a self-declaration form.  If the overseas check is not in English, then the applicant is required to obtain a certified translation.

Overseas checks need to be obtained by the applicant; the University will not apply for overseas checks on the Students’ behalf.

Further information:

If you have any further queries concerning your DBS application, there are three main points of contact: